Tamworth Samaritans and Tamworth Talking Newspaper have been chosen by the Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Maureen Gant, as the charities for which she will be fundraising during her year in office.
Each year, the Mayor of Tamworth supports a charity and raises money for it by holding fundraising events throughout the year.
Traditionally the Mayor’s chosen charity raises in the region of £4,000 a year, which can make a huge difference the organisations which it supports. This year, Cllr Gant has chosen to support two charities.
Tamworth Samaritans has been providing confidential, non-judgemental support to people in need in Tamworth for more than 40 years. It has 70 volunteers who give up their time completely free of charge.
As well as operating its well-known telephone service, Tamworth Samaritans also offers face-to-face support from its base in the Philip Dix Centre, as well as through an outreach programme which operates in Stonydelph, Amington and Belgrave.
Volunteers make regular visits to support vulnerable people living at Cornerstone Housing Association and young offenders at HMP Swinfen.
Cllr Gant said, “I wanted to support Tamworth Samaritans during my year in office as it is a local charity which does such wonderful work. I had Samaritans as my charity when I was Mayor in 2006 because of the valuable work they do. They help so many people in Tamworth in their hour of need – people who may have no-one else to talk to.”
Gerwyn Cooper, Director of Tamworth Samaritans, said, “We are very grateful to the Mayor for her support, which will allow us to continue to develop our outreach programme so that we can reach and help even more people.”
The second local charity chosen by Cllr Gant for her support is Tamworth Talking Newspaper.
The charity has been running in Tamworth for 35 years, operated entirely by volunteers. These dedicated people give up their time, completely free of charge, to record articles from newspapers and magazines onto memory sticks, which are then distributed to blind and partially sighted people in Tamworth.
Tamworth Talking Newspaper receives no funding other than donations, so the support from the Mayor will help the group with its running costs.
Cllr Gant said, “Tamworth Talking Newspaper does a fabulous job and all its volunteers are tremendously dedicated, providing a valuable service to people who have lost their sight or who have vision problems. I am delighted to be able to help this wonderful charity to continue its work.”
Tamworth Talking Newspaper Chairman, Richard Hughes, said, “We do not receive any funding, so all our running costs, including equipment and subscriptions to the magazines we read from, has to be met from donations. This support form the Mayor is hugely valuable and shows her great commitment to helping people with disabilities in Tamworth.”